This week, as I’m knee-deep in design decisions for our Flip House (I’ll be back with some new photos next week), I’m so thankful to have a guest contributor! Please help me welcome Lacey Hauptman with some fun ideas for making your personal space your own…
Coming home to a well-decorated personal space or bedroom is something we look forward to at the end of the day or after a long trip. A few months after moving to a new apartment when I was single, I began to get tired of my own room’s look because it didn’t reflect my personality. I began searching for DIY room makeovers, which eventually became a passion of mine.
I know at some point, you felt the same way, too. To decorate your room and make it look more interesting, pay attention to four of the most important elements: the walls, lighting, flooring, and bed and pillows. Focusing on these four elements, I’m sharing three DIY inspirations for each element for you to try and recreate!
Bare walls are boring. Bring out those compiled photos in your computer and print them! Widen your imagination because you can do a lot of different gallery ideas. What I did with my plain wall was I hung travel and family pictures in different frames because luckily, I have a collection of picture frames, and I don’t want them just gathering dust in the attic.
If you have a chunk of wood that’s about to be thrown away, use it for a DIY string art! All you need to do is hammer a few nails that will outline your chosen design. You can do shapes, animals, and even words. Use colorful strings and just wrap them around the nails. When you’re done, hang it on the bare wall you’ve been itching to cover up.
Black-and-white decals are so overrated. Don’t be afraid to splash colored decals to perk up awkwardly empty walls. They’re ideal for kids’ room—fill the walls with decals of flowers, cars, and a lot of animals! As for us parents, we can always use floral designs, typographic designs like names, bible verses, quotes, and other designs that give off a calming mood.
You can make a dreamy light-up headboard, or you can make your own marquee sign. You just need cardboard letters, scissors, electrical tape, bulbs, and white string lights as the star of the show. Form a word or a name then cut the cardboard letters and stick the string lights on the inside. Cover the wiring with white construction paper to keep it neat. I made this with my son’s name; we use it as a nightlight each time I read him a storybook.
I know you’ve been dreading that boring white-colored lampshade of yours. It’s time to turn it around and do something creative with it. If you want a lampshade that goes with your sparkling personality, do it! Fill the shade with lots of glitters or sequins. Whatever you prefer, there’s no such thing as “overdoing” when it comes to shiny and shimmering things.
String Pendant Lamp
Perfect for adding that peaceful ambiance, a DIY hemp string pendant lamp will help you relax and make you want to stay in bed a little longer than usual. You just need a bouncy ball, glue, and of course, hemp string. Apply the glue around the ball then wrap it with hemp string. As soon as it dries, deflate the bouncy ball, take it out of the hemp string pendant, and insert the bulb. Hang it beside your bed, and voila! You have a new bedside lamp or nightlight.
Braided T-Shirt Rug
Whether you’re on a budget or not, it’s wise to go for things that can help you save money. When I needed a new rug, instead of buying one, I made one for myself. I made braided doormats using my old shirts and my son’s outgrown clothes. I cut the shirts into strips, braided them, and then sew them all together. I love that it gives off a homey look and feel.
If you happen to have a boring mat in your room, don’t throw it away. Prepare your paint, paint brush, and mat because you’re going to get creative. Paint the mat with cartoon characters or adorable animals. You can also paint statements like “Free Wifi Zone” or “Donut Enter Empty Handed”.
We all have that one mat we’ve always wanted to replace but our budget won’t allow us. Instead of buying a new one (which will cost you a lot), redesign the old one. Paint it with white, black, or gold stripes. This will help you save money and get that personalized mat.
BED AND PILLOWS
If you have sweaters that you’re not using anymore, repurpose them into comfy pillowcases. Go for a pillowcase that will give accent to your bed. If your sheets are white, make sure your pillowcases have lively colors and vice versa. Group all pillows to make your bed cozy and inviting.
Throw Pillow T-Shirt Cases
It’s been a habit of mine to buy a souvenir shirt from each place I visit. However, I don’t use them often. So instead of keeping them, I made throw pillow cases out of these shirts. Here’s how to make a throw pillow case: measure it with a throw pillow, sew the three edges closed, then sew a zipper to the last edge, so you can interchange it with other throw pillow cases.
If you don’t have time to sew and customize pillowcases, use a fabric to wrap around your throw pillow and make sure it’s centered. Fold the both ends into points. Knot it together then tuck the ends. Easy as a pie, right?
If buying home decors or furniture from the mall is not your thing, then go the DIY route. Try to think outside the box! Repurpose things you can’t use anymore, customize them based on your own style, and get your creative mind to work. This will not only help you redecorate your room but also save you a lot of money.
I am a freelance writer and budding travel photographer. I’ve been doing freelance writing since 2009, and have written extensively on the subjects of digital marketing, travel photography, and home design. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.